In 1714, three hundred years ago, St Laurence School was founded by the Rector, Dr William Worth who set up a school for twenty boys who were taught at the west end of the church.
The school was held in the church vestry until 1820 when the school and Sunday school hired a room nearby. By 1832 the school included twelve poor boys who were taught free of charge, and by 1836 there were also six girls on roll. The church was instrumental in building the new Northfield National School on Church Road in 1845 with about a hundred children.
The school received government grants from 1872 by which time there were two classrooms with the teacher's house standing between. The infant school was enlarged in 1890 and a new girls' school built on a new site eight years later. The old mixed school was then used for boys only.
In 1939 the school was reorganised for juniors and infants only and in 1954 renamed St Laurence's Church of England Primary School. By the 1960s the old school buildings were proving inadequate. A new site on Bunbury Road was found by the rector, Fr John Crowle Ellis.
1964 bought the grand opening of the new St Laurence Junior School site, costing £80,000 with the capacity to hold 480 children in 12 classrooms, 420 enrolled under the guidance of Headmaster Rev. E.A Penny. The Infant School was later opened in 1973 and both Schools now serve the parish of Northfield.
In order to celebrate such a prestigious event as 300 years of the St Laurence Schools, and 50 years of the Junior site, we at St Laurence are holding a celebratory open day where we are opening our doors to welcome students and staff, past and present to visit us, reminisce and share with us some of your happy memories of their time at St Laurence Junior School.
We invite you, your family and your friends, to join us on Saturday 7th June, from 1.00 to 6.00pm in a day of celebration. Our website will keep you updated over the coming months of our celebrations leading up to 7th June, and will post more details of what you can expect from our open day.
300/50 Celebration Day
After a morning that involved thunderstorms, heavy rain and at times sunshine, we finally made a decision to house all of our celebration day activities inside the Junior School building.
Not to be put off by the rain, in true St Laurence fashion, families came along and supported us on our big day.
We had performances to a packed hall by past pupils, local dance clubs, a signing choir, karate demonstrations, St Laurence musicians and also dancers which were all fabulous to watch. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Our children and their families enjoyed endless fun on the ponies, the bouncy castle, Aston Villa speedway and many other games where they could win prizes. They didn’t go hungry either with a hog roast, cakes, ice cream and sweet van to keep them full up throughout the day.
A huge thank you to everyone that came along and supported, donated cakes and raffle prizes, to the staff for their hard work and of course to the many parents who helped set up, run and pack away the stalls on the day.
50th Birthday Assembly
On Friday 6th June we held a very special assembly to mark our school's 50th birthday! Mrs Lindsay and the school sang Happy Birthday and we had cake to celebrate.
Open Air Celebration Service
On Monday 2nd June The Archbishop of Birmingham visited St Laurence Junior and Infant Schools in a joint open air service to celebrate our 300th birthday.
After visiting the Infant School, he then joined the Junior School for a tour and lunch with the School Council.
On Friday 16th May as part of our 300 Celebrations, we held a 300 minute drumathon, where there was continual drumming from 10.00am to 3.00pm with all classes taking part at some point.
Many thanks go to Mr Roberts who supported us during the day, and Will, Harry and Max in Year 6 who drummed throughout the day.
On Friday 14th March, with the sun shining, every child in the school planted a sunflower to take home to look after. This is part of our big birthday celebrations this year. I wonder whose sunflower will grow the tallest?
In February, as part of our monthly celebrations for the coming anniversary, each class bought in a glass jar and decorated it. Our theme was based around the numbers 300 or 50, St Laurence school, St Laurence Church or the 1960’s.
Due to the curved surface it was a little to paint on, however the children produced some excellent designs.
1960s Dress Up Day
On Friday 17th January, St Laurence kickstarted its celebrations in style.
To celebrate the St Laurence Schools 300th birthday and the Junior School 50th birthday of being on their present site, the staff and children dressed up in 1960’s theme.
We had a fantastic day and are looking forward to our celebration day on 7th June.